Zack Kassian Leapfrogs Cody Hodgson in Young Player Rankings

Thomas Drance
October 29 2012 11:50AM

Tanev and Kassian celebrate their bright future.
Photo credit: Gerry Kahrmann, Vancouver Sun.

Since the Canucks traded Cody Hodgson (and Alexander Sulzer) for Zack Kassian (and Marc-Andre Gragnani), friend of the blog and ESPN and Hockey Prospectus prospect guru Corey Pronman has consistently stated that Buffalo "recieved the best player in the deal." That is until today, when he released his top-50 rankings for players under the age of 23. On that list (which, features two Canucks skaters in Zack Kassian and Chris Tanev) Zack Kassian has leapfrogged Cody Hodgson, who only appeared as an honorable mention.

Read on past the jump.

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Wolves' have no bite early, can't stay with high-flying Griffins

Patrick Johnston
October 29 2012 08:36AM

Yes, young Anton - SHOOT! (Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)

Everyone knows how the Red Wings know how to draft and how to develop those draft picks. In case that's ever forgotten, watching the Grand Rapids Griffins is a good reminder of this fact. It's a lineup that features talent from top to bottom, even if they haven't had the greatest start to the season. 

The Wolves themselves have shown that they can score, but the powerplay remained an issue. The goaltending has been there, but the penalty killing has been inconsistent to say the least.

The Wolves' powerplay actually clicked for once, but the penalty kill couldn't keep the puck out of the net at the end of the game, as the Griffins grabbed the victory 3-2 in overtime.

On to the game...

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KHL Highlights: Grabovski and Datsyuk. Just enjoy it while it lasts...

Steve Dangle
October 28 2012 09:37PM

Mikhail Grabovski (or Mikhail Grabovsky as the KHL likes to call him) looks damn fine playing with Pavel Datsyuk. Also check out former New York Rangers pick Tomas Zaborsky lighting up for 4 goals in one game.


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Best of the Nation - 10.28.12

Jonathan Willis
October 28 2012 10:54AM

After the jump: a look at the best prospects for the 2013 Draft, discussing trade rumours, the lockout and solutions to it, following injuries around the league, and much more.

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Wolves Take Wild One, Get Back in Win Column

Dimitri Filipovic
October 27 2012 08:53PM

Eddie Lack debuted his spiffy new gear tonight.

The Wolves came into this tilt against San Antonio with a two-game losing streak, which was a cause for no concern because of the manner in which they had lost both games. They had completely fallen apart in the final period, collectively imploding. Coming into this one the Rampage weren't exactly lighting the world on fire, either, holding a 2-2-1 record (good for last place in a stacked South division). In hindsight, we should have expected them to struggle without the calming presence of Tim Duncan.

This was a wild game, which featured a flurry of goals from both teams. The Wolves blew a three goal lead in the third period, but a late goal from Jordan Schroeder - which made it 6-5 - allowed them to hang onto a much needed 2 points, getting back in the win column.

Read Past the Jump for Notes on the Game.

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